Transporter 3 (2008)



Critic Consensus: This middling installment in the Transporter franchise is a few steps down from its predecessors, featuring generic stunts and a lack of energy.

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Strong-armed into transporting the kidnapped daughter of the head of the Environmental Agency for the Ukraine from Marseilles to Odessa, skilled wheelman Frank Martin (Jason Statham) enlists the aid of Inspector Tarconi (François Berléand) in accomplishing the treacherous assignment in this action-packed installment of the popular action series produced by Luc Besson (who also co-scripts). Frank isn't exactly thrilled with his latest assignment, but when his employer turns up the pressure, he has little choice but to deliver. His cargo is a feisty young girl named Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) -- who just happens to be the daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbé), the powerful top dog of the Ukraine EPA. Now, as Frank makes his way through Stuttgart and Budapest on the road to the Black Sea, Vasilev's men besiege his car from all sides, and his cynical young passenger gets a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome. As the driver and his cargo grow increasingly close, they both realize that making even a single mistake could cost them dearly. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material)
Action & Adventure
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Jason Statham
as Frank Martin
Natalya Rudakova
as Valentina
Robert Knepper
as Johnson
Jeroen Krabbé
as Leonid Vasilev
Alex Kobold
as Leonid's aide
David Kammenos
as driver in market
Silvio Simac
as Mighty Joe
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as Thug Driver
Igor Koumpan
as Cop in Ukraine
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Critic Reviews for Transporter 3

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (28)

The flashy editing gets on one's wick and no one's going to win an Oscar - but, really, who's complaining? This is straight-up fisticuff fun.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
Time Out
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I had less problems with the characters and more trouble with the actual action, which felt really antiseptic to me.

December 2, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

A mindless, silly waste of time.

Full Review… | December 2, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

It's hard not to smile.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Chicago Tribune
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You know a series is in trouble when it begins mocking its own premise. Frank's obsessive rules about who, what and how he transports stuff are ruthlessly violated.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
Toronto Star
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Somehow Statham comes out of this improbable thriller with his dignity intact. With classic action-hero qualities and dry wit, he seems woefully under-employed as a deliveryman.

Full Review… | November 26, 2008
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Transporter 3

I didn't expect much at all, except some good fight scenes, a loose plot and action. It delivered. If you have seen the first two films, you know what to expect. It's more of the same.

Jon Lantz
Jon Lantz

Super Reviewer


It's definitely my favorite entry in the series, managing to be the most serious and realistic in terms of storyline and action. Jason Statham proves himself to be the most powerful man to ever drive a car professionally, taking down anything in his warpath. I loved the addition of Natalya Rudakova, making for Frank's best love interest. Robert Knepper is also the best villain in the series, even though he doesn't do much physically he happens to be the most intimidating. It's a rare event in which the trilogy ends on a high note, this certainly does.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


not a bad movie but not a good one. it's got a simple plot and not much of a story but a lot of action. it's entertaining but it doesn't work nearly as well compared to the crank series which is far better. C+

Richard C
Richard C

Super Reviewer

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